6th Sunday of Easter
Start of Christian Aid Week
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.
1 Sing to the Lord a new song, •
for he has done marvellous things.
2 His own right hand and his holy arm •
have won for him the victory.
3 The Lord has made known his salvation; •
his deliverance has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
4 He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness
towards the house of Israel, •
and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
5 Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth; •
break into singing and make music.
6 Make music to the Lord with the lyre, •
with the lyre and the voice of melody.
7 With trumpets and the sound of the horn •
sound praises before the Lord, the King.
8 Let the sea thunder and all that fills it, •
the world and all that dwell upon it.
9 Let the rivers clap their hands •
and let the hills ring out together before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
10 In righteousness shall he judge the world •
and the peoples with equity.
While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.
9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.